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Old 05-13-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Needs some help guys. My in-laws are looking at getting a 5r and have been told so many different things about their tow vehicle. They have a 2010 chev silverado 4x4 with the 5.6' box. Does anyone tow a 5r with this type of truck and if so what are the pros and cons. They really don't want to buy a new truck, so any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-13-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Need more info. Size of truck, 1500-2500????
Size of trailer they are looking at???
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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what silverado? 1500, 2500, 3500. what engine?they need to weigh the truck fully loaded with all people, gear, pets and a full tank of fuel at a cat scale. Weigh each axle individually and get a total vehicle wight as well. Take the total scaled weight and subtract it from vehicle gvwr to get available payload. Take the total scaled weight and subtract it from the vehicle gcwr to get adjusted towing capacity. Take the rear axle weight and subtract it from the max RAWR. The loaded pin weight of the 5er must be below the available rawr and below available payload as well as the loaded weight of the 5er needing to be below the adjusted towing capacity. From what I understand, loaded pin weight should be 20-25% of loaded 5er weight. Also don't forget to add in the weight of the 5er hitch (it is at least 100 lbs). remember they will never tow a dry 5er. if they don't know how much gear weight for 5er calculate using 5er gvwr.

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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Without a special auto sliding hitch it can't be done. 5&1/2 foof box not long enough.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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The 5-1/2 ft box suggests the truck is a 1500 series and means an auto sliding hitch is necessary. While I used several 1500 series trucks over many years pulling fivers, there are a lot more details required. Like the truck's GVWR, GAWRs, expected weight of the truck ready to tow, engine, axle ratio, tire size and the anticipated fiver pin wt., dry wt., GVWR.
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I have seen some towing a fifth wheel with a 1/2 ton truck - need to have a lite pin weight and overall weight. Look at the GVWR and axel ratings on the drivers door. It should give the truck limitations. Picture of our 3500HD label:

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